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May 23, 2013

No. 1 seeded Golden Eagles begin quest for NCAA Regional at OVC Tournament


By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

JACKSON, Tenn. – The Road to Omaha starts here. That is a verifiable fact as the Tennessee Tech baseball team gets ready for its 15th Ohio Valley Conference Tournament appearance, searching for its fourth OVC tourney title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.

The Golden Eagles are coming off one of the best regular seasons in program history, tying the school record for wins in a season (39), breaking the OVC record for league wins in season (24), and winning their eighth OVC regular season championship. The team put together a 14-game winning streak (tied for the nation's longest when it ended), tying the school record. Tech also pulled off the biggest upset in both program and Tennessee Tech athletics history, defeating the No. 2 ranked Vanderbilt Commadores in Nashville.

After earning the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Tech will receive a bye into the second round, playing its first game Thursday at 7 p.m. CDT. The Golden Eagles will face the lowest seeded team winning in the first round of play on Wednesday.

Fans can watch the entire 2013 OVC Baseball Tournament live on the OVC Digital Network. There is no charge to watch the event and the games are available on any computer, tablet or smart phone.

Tickets for the event will be $10 per day or $28 for an all-session pass (up to 11 total games). There is also a $8 a day rate (or $25 for an all-tournament pass) for students/faculty of OVC-member schools (with valid ID) or for groups. All seats at the 6,000-seat park are general admission for the OVC Championship.

Fans can purchase tickets in person at the Jackson Generals box office or by calling (731) 988-5299 or going online here: https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/team.asp?sponsorid=4577.


CATCHING UP WITH TECH

LAST FIVE GAMES FOR
THE GOLDEN EAGLES

Date H/A/N Opponent Result Score
May 12 Away Southeast Missouri* W 5-1
May 14 Home Lipscomb W 10-9
May 16 Home Belmont* W 8-5
May 17 Home Belmont* W 14-6
May 18 Home Belmont* L 13-10

A look at the top seven offensive weapons for the Golden Eagles:

Player Avg. Runs Hits 2B 3B HR RBI SLG% OB% SB-SA
James Abraham .346 39 65 8 1 1 29 .415 .431 14-16
Daniel Miles .344 41 65 11 3 12 53 .624 .416 2-2
Zach Stephens .341 57 73 16 1 15 69 .636 .447 0-0
Dylan Bosheers .332 38 68 18 2 6 45 .527 .397 6-6
Zach Zarzour .310 54 65 11 2 1 26 .395 .404 13-17
Austin Wulf .301 49 66 19 1 1 33 .411 .403 9-11
Brandon Thomasson .284 54 63 18 3 12 51 .554 .375 0-0

A look at this weekend's likely starter for Tennessee Tech:

Day Player ERA W-L G-GS IP Hits Runs ER BB SO Avg.
THU Tristan Archer 3.55 8-4 14-14 88.2 95 44 35 21 91 .275
FRI Ross Spurgeon 5.06 2-3 17-8 48.0 52 33 27 17 39 .283
SAT Jacob Honea 5.84 3-1 14-13 61.2 72 45 40 30 59 .291